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Tributes to 'wonderful' 10 year old who collapsed and died playing with friends

It's thought a burst blood vessel caused Petro Dixon to have a cardiac arrest. Credit: MEN Media

Tributes have been paid to a young footballer who died after collapsing while playing with friends in a park.

10 year old Petro Dixon had a cardiac arrest at Cadishead Recreation Ground in Salford on Saturday - it is believed to have been caused by a burst blood vessel in his brain.

Volunteers and paramedics performed CPR before Petro was rushed to hospital.

He underwent two emergency operations, but tragically could not be saved.

Tributes have been paid to the talented young footballer who loved nothing more than helping others Credit: MEN Media

Posting on Facebook, Petro's father Pete Dixon said his loved one's lives have been "turned upside down" by the tragedy.

The family say they are "eternally grateful" to those who fought to save their son, and that Petro's organs will be donated to give other people the gift of life.

He loved nothing more than helping others and we know that’s what he would have wanted

– Pete Dixon, father
Petro's aunt said he was one of a kind. Credit: MEN Media

Petro's auntie described her nephew as a "beautiful and warm-hearted" boy who always gave the best cuddles.

Putting other people first, in true Petro style, in his final act of kindness Petro became an organ donor, changing the lives of people

– Natalie Dixon Fisher, aunt
Credit: MEN Media

Petro was a member of De La Salle FC's Under 11 squad - who said they're absolutely devastated by the loss of the "wonderful" young player.

A fundraising page has been set up to help towards Petro's funeral.